UK delegation attends in force to support ‘atmanirbharta’ at Aero India
The UK defence sector has turned up in force at India’s premier air show, Aero India, in a demonstration of the strong intent to accelerate collaboration with India across research, development and training.
Over the course of the week, the delegation will engage a range of Indian stakeholders to reiterate the UK’s ambition to not only make in India but also to ‘Create in India’. The UK delegation will take discussions forward on key offers that are being explored for collaboration, such as strategic partnership for a jet engine development programme and maritime electric propulsion technology.
The Royal Air Force (RAF) looks forward to welcoming the Indian Air Force (IAF) to the UK for exercise Cobra Warrior next month. This will be the first time that the IAF would be participating in the multilateral air combat exercise, which will see participation of air forces from 17 nations.
The UK delegation, which is led by Minister for Defence Procurement Alex Chalk, comprises representatives from Government, military, and the defence industry. This includes Air Vice- Marshal Richard Maddison of the Royal Air Force and British manufacturing giants such as Rolls Royce, BAE Systems, MBDA UK, Thales UK, Collins Aerospace and Leonardo.
The delegation travelled to Bengaluru following their participation at the UP Global Investors Summit, of which the UK was a country partner, to unlock investment potential in India’s northern defence corridor.
Alex Chalk, Minister for Defence Procurement, said, “As we continue to build the UK-India Comprehensive Strategic Partnership, I’m hugely excited to attend Aero India – another key opportunity to demonstrate the UK’s commitment to developing strong bilateral relations and deliver on the 2030 Roadmap.
“Recent collaborations on exercise with the Indian Navy, Army and Air Force underpin the strength of our two nations’ commitment to working together to promote a free, open and secure Indo-Pacific region.”
Alex Ellis, British High Commissioner to India, said, “I heard today Prime Minister Modi’s vision to build India’s indigenous defence capabilities; the UK is the right partner to realise that ambition – through sharing knowledge, increasing interoperability, more training and exercising – and through increased industrial collaboration, including through design and make in India.
“The UK is committed to partner with India in its journey towards becoming atmanirbhar in its defence and security needs.”